Candide, by VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de (1694-1778).THACKER, Christopher (1931-2018),…

VOLTAIRE, François Marie Arouet de (1694-1778).
THACKER, Christopher (1931-2018), translator.

Candide, or Optimism, Translated from the German of Doctor Ralph,* with the additions which were found in the Doctor’s pocket, when he died at Minden in the year of grace 1759 and now newly Translated by Doctor Christopher Thacker and Illustrated by Angela Barrett. * ‘with the additions... 1759’ was added in 1761. Marlborough, Libanus Press, 1996.

First Edition of this Translation. Folio (350 x 245 mm), pp. [vi], [7]-129, [1], [1], with 14 engraved plates in the text, decorative title-page with ‘Or’ printed in gold, decorative headpieces to each chapter, printed in parallel text throughout,occasional cartoon tail-pieces, limited edition statement on final leaf, ‘This is Copy No:’, ‘102’ added in manuscript, in vellum-backed white Fabriano Roma hand-made paper covered boards bound by Brian Settle of Smith Settle, Otley, front board lettered in blue ink ‘Candide, or Optimism’, inside brown typographical border, spine lettered in gilt, with gilt edges.

Copy No. 102 of this limited edition of Christopher Thacker’s new translation of Voltaire’s Candide, elegantly published by Thacker’s great friend, Michael Mitchell, at the Libanus Press.

Thacker’s new translation is printed in parallel text with Voltaire’s original text: ‘A folio production using a dual text: the original 18th-century French of Voltaire and a new English translation by Christopher Thacker, Voltaire scholar and writer on gardens and the 18th century’. The stunning illustrations are by Angela Barrett and comprise a suite of 14 pen and ink drawings. With an introduction by Thacker and ‘a full set of original sources revised for the modern reader’.

This is a limited edition of 125 copies, 100 standard copies and 25 special copies, set in 14pt Monotype Fournier, printed letterpress on 180gms Lana Royal rag paper. This is copy no. 102. This copy is offered with five double sheets of offprints: the title-page (otherwise blank), p. 16 with facing plate (verso blank), two plates (one recto, one verso, otherwise blank) and two sheets of Chapter Five, pp. 22-23, one with plain lettering for ‘Chapter Five’, in the headpiece, and one with gold lettering.

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